GREAT FALLS - A nursing home that received a 59-page deficiency report including a threat of losing state reimbursement has passed its most recent state inspection, officials said Friday.
The Missouri River Manor is "now in substantial compliance," said Marg Vander Aarde, bureau chief of the state's Certification Bureau.
In early August, the Great Falls nursing home received a deficiency report that alleged three cases of actual harm to a resident. It was also told that the state wouldn't pay for new admissions after Aug. 20 unless conditions had improved.
The denial of payment penalty won't be invoked, said Vander Aarde.
Ray Hoffman, the nursing home's supervisor, said the state's surprise inspection last summer came just as the home was losing six nurses, lured away by a competitor's offer of a $10,000 hiring bonus.
"We lost 20 percent of our nursing staff in two weeks," he said, "and here came the state."
Since then, he said, the nursing home has focused on retraining.
The follow-up inspection listed two new violations involving the potential for minimal harm to patients.
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